The Absolute Perfect Homemade Protein Shake! Recipe By: Mike Swick

The Absolute Perfect Homemade Protein Shake! Recipe By: Mike Swick - MikeSwick.com

When I started building AKA Thailand, 4 years ago, I came across a recipe somewhere for a homemade protein shake that looked really good. With a couple of adjustments, I think I literally created the absolute perfect protein shake. Well, with a high influence on taste and overall euphoria. I went on to call this tasty … Read moreThe Absolute Perfect Homemade Protein Shake! Recipe By: Mike Swick

Max Griffin vs Sergio Moraes added to March 11th UFC Fortaleza card

Max Griffin vs Sergio Moraes added to March 11 UFC Fortaleza card

Max ‘Pain’ Griffin just took to his Instagram and posted his next fight. It looks as if he will be squaring off with season 1 Ultimate Fighter: Brazil finalist, Sergio Moraes. View this post on Instagram Here we go! Juiced to finally be able to announce my next one! Can't wait to put on my … Read moreMax Griffin vs Sergio Moraes added to March 11th UFC Fortaleza card

Brad Pickett is blogging and seems to be enjoying every step of his retirement march

Brad Pickett is blogging and seems to be enjoying every step of his retirement march

Brad Pickett will make his final walk to the Octagon as a competitor on March 18th. The English fighter does his last dance  at the O2 Arena in London, England. Pickett is rallying the ‘One Punch’ army in what he hopes will be his largest cheering section to date. Pickett has been blogging and sharing … Read moreBrad Pickett is blogging and seems to be enjoying every step of his retirement march

UFC Fight Night: Denver, weigh-ins. Pena vs Shevchenko. All but one, make weight.

UFC Fight Night: Denver, weigh-ins. Pena vs Shevchenko. All but one, make weight.

All of the fighters for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night: Denver, took to the scale this morning. Everyone made weight except for Marcos Rogerio de Lima. Losing 2 of his last 3 and missing weight is not a good look to the UFC brass. He will need a big win on Saturday if he wants … Read moreUFC Fight Night: Denver, weigh-ins. Pena vs Shevchenko. All but one, make weight.

Cowboy Cerrone: “Unfortunately, the ass whipping (Masvidal) is going to take is inevitable”

Cowboy Cerrone: "Unfortunately, the ass whipping (Masvidal) is going to take is inevitable"

Donald Cowboy Cerrone fights Jorge Masvidal tomorrow night at UFN: Denver. He’s doing what he normally does in preparation for any fight; Playing, training, and talking to the media. He sits down with Megan Olivi and answers questions in the most Cowboy Cerrone ways possible.

Cowboy fighting in Colorado

“I bought 58 tickets to this fight. If all else fails, there will be 58 screaming fans there.”

Jorge Masvidal

“He’s making up reasons to hate me. Just like everybody, they need to hate me. I don’t know why. I feel like I’m a pretty cool guy. Like, a ‘drink beer with you’ kind of guy.”

“I must’ve pissed on his cat or something.”

Getting called ‘Part time’ by Masvidal

“As a part-time fighter, I’m pretty active. Part Time! I’ve only lost to one guy since 2013. That’s pretty good! He thinks he’s coming to my home town and whipping my part-time ass? I don’t think so.”

Setting records being his motivation

“We are going to set them so far, no one’s even going to touch them.”

What he learned from the Matt Brown fight

“Learning how to dig deep again.”

“I’m sure he’s coming hard. He doesn’t want to lose. Unfortunately, the ass whipping (Masvidal) is going to take is inevitable.”

The title picture

“Down the road somewhere. Maybe one more fight. I gotta beat one of these Demian Maia or Robbie Lawler type guys.”

Nerves while acting

“Nah. You just fake it ’til you make it.”

Getting training in

“We just got back from Cabo. There was 7 of us down there. Everyone comes with me. We just train wherever we are. I don’t need to be in a gym setting to train. Not bad for a part-time gig.”

Brian Rogers gets a last minute replacement for his fight at RFO this Saturday.

Brian Rogers gets a last minute replacement for his fight at RFO this Saturday.

Brian Rogers had himself a heck of a week. Unfortunately for the ‘Professional Predator’, it was not in the good way. Rogers has been looking for a fight since his Bellator release last year. After being nominated for ‘KO of the Year’ in 2012, guys weren’t exactly lining up to fight him. He signed with … Read moreBrian Rogers gets a last minute replacement for his fight at RFO this Saturday.

Ever seen a Spider spar with an Alligator? Anderson Silva and Jacare Souza get ready for UFC 208.

Ever seen a Spider spar with an Alligator? Anderson Silva and Jacare Souza get ready for UFC 208.

MMA Fighting posted a video to their Youtube channel of Anderson Silva and Ronaldo Jacare Souza doing some light sparring. The two are winding down training camp for their respective fights at UFC 208 on February 11.

As the two men lightly spar in the video, everyone in the room has their phones out to record the magic. Meryl Streep definitely got it wrong. Anderson Silva and Jacare going 1/4 speed, is as beautiful as a Hawaiian sunset. I’m pretty sure this video is the very definition of the ‘arts’.

The former UFC Middleweight Champion of the World, Anderson Silva, will take on Derek Brunson in the co-main event of the Brooklyn card. Jacare will also be competing on the card against ‘The Barbarian’ Tim Boetsch.

Silva is considered by many to be the greatest fighter of all time. Although, he has hit a rough patch since losing his title to Chris Weidman in 2013. Silva has been defeated in his last 5 fights and is looking to rebound against Brunson.

Jacare looks to continue staying in the win column. He fought once in 2016 and it was his absolute thrashing of Vitor Belfort. With a win at UFC 208, he could make a very strong case for being the #1 contender in the middleweight division.

Paul Felder gets new opponent on a new card next month

paul felder on the move

Paul Felder was set to face Gilbert Burns at UFC 208 but an injury to Burns forced Felder to UFC Fight Night 105 and a fight with Alex Ricci UFC veteran Paul Felder is on the move.  Paul is headed from Brooklyn to Halifax as his bout at UFC 208 has been cancelled, and he’s … Read morePaul Felder gets new opponent on a new card next month

Big Light Heavyweight rematch set for UFC 210 in Buffalo

ufc 210 rematch

Daniel Cormier and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson will run it back at UFC 210 in Buffalo Daniel Cormier is going to go one on one with Anthony Johnson in April in Buffalo as the feature fight of UFC 210.  It is a rematch, as the two met back at UFC 187.  In that fight, Cormier submitted … Read moreBig Light Heavyweight rematch set for UFC 210 in Buffalo

The Weekend MMA Report – What to watch, where to watch it

UFC Fight Night 118

There are various MMA events vying for your attention this weekend. Here’s what’s available. If you’re like me, you love watching MMA.  Not just because a big name fighter is about to fight, or it’s a high profile event.  I love the sport and watch as much as I can.  That said, let’s break down … Read moreThe Weekend MMA Report – What to watch, where to watch it

Tito Ortiz addresses those who believe his fight was fixed

tito address fix

Some fans have alluded to the fact that Tito’s win over Chael Sonnen looked “fishy”. Ortiz responds When Tito Ortiz submitted Chael Sonnen Saturday night at Bellator 170, a percentage of people on the internet thought the finish looked a bit odd.  Some said the choke wasn’t under the chin.  People said Chael allowed Tito … Read moreTito Ortiz addresses those who believe his fight was fixed

#ASKVIXEN Julianna Pena answers fan Twitter questions during fight week.

#ASKVIXEN Julianna Pena answers fan Twitter questions during fight week.

On fight week, the UFC allows fighters to answer fan questions on Twitter. This fight week, Julianna Pena did the Q&A #ASKVIXEN. She seems to be in very good spirits and looks ready to go in the main event against Valentina Shevchenko at UFN: Denver. Have you ever been to Poland? No I have never … Read more#ASKVIXEN Julianna Pena answers fan Twitter questions during fight week.

Sage Northcutt hoping to fight ‘sometime in the next 3 or 4 months, at 155 pounds.’

Sage Northcutt hoping to fight 'sometime in the next 3 or 4 months, at 155 pounds.'

I love Sage Northcutt. The kid is always smiling, respectful, and willing to learn. He was a guest on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and his disposition took center stage. He responds to questions by saying ‘Yes sir’ or calling Tyron Woodley ‘Mr Woodley’. His attitude towards life and his positivity are infectious. You … Read moreSage Northcutt hoping to fight ‘sometime in the next 3 or 4 months, at 155 pounds.’

In case you forgot.. The best heavyweight of all time, Fedor Emelianenko, is fighting soon.

In case you forgot.. The best heavyweight of all time, Fedor Emelianenko, is fighting soon.

It is 3 weeks away from seeing the greatest heavyweight of all time, fight again. For us old school’ers, seeing Fedor Emelianenko step through MMA ropes is always a treat. Before Fedor became Dana White’s obsession and ultimately, his Great White Buffalo, he was considered to be the greatest mixed martial artist in the world. Before any of your favorite fighters knew what MMA even was, Fedor was beating the best heavyweights that got put in front of him.

BJ Penn, Anderson Silva, and Georges St Pierre were arguably the top fighters in the UFC at the same time. The media had an obsession with who the greatest fighter was.

‘Who is the best in the world?’ was today’s, ‘Who wins? Conor McGregor or Floyd Mayweather?’

Penn, Silva, and GSP all said Fedor Emelianenko was the best fighter on Earth. That is a heck of an endorsement.

Sadly, age catches up with us all. Fedor’s fighting style was 100 miles an hour and straight ahead. He was killing everyone for over 30 fights in a row and then what felt like over night, he was old. He couldn’t take the punishment that he took and continue to be conscious. Fedor could not just jump into a world class guard and expect to not get submitted. He got older and the fight game evolved.

If you are a true fan of anything, you root for your favorite team or fighter no matter what. Here’s an example: I am a San Diego Los Angeles Chargers fan and want to punch myself in the face every Sunday. Why? Because that’s what fans do. They stick with their teams or fighters, no matter what.

This is how Fedor fans are. It doesn’t matter that he lost 3 fights in a row. It doesn’t matter that he retired and unretired. Him being 40 years old does not matter. All that matters is that he’s fighting and we are going to watch.

Nobody smashed their way through the elite as dominantly and for as long as he did. Nobody. This is why we watch. It’s the anticipation of getting a glimpse of his magic again.

Fedor Emelianenko fights Matt Mitrione at Bellator on February 18.

 

He’s in, no he’s out – Bellator pulls plug on Sonnen grappling at SUG 3

bellator pulls sonnen from SUG 3

Bellator says Chael Sonnen is a no go for SUG 3 match this weekend Chael Sonnen is days removed from a first round submission loss to Tito Ortiz at Bellator 170.  He also wears a promoter’s hat, and run Submission Grappling promotion is hosting SUG 3 this  weekend in Portland, OR.  Originally, one of the … Read moreHe’s in, no he’s out – Bellator pulls plug on Sonnen grappling at SUG 3